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Title: The Dark Matter of Natasha

Author: Matthew R. Davis

Published: 21st of June 2022 – Grey Matter Press

Format: Digital – 130 pages


Hello Hello! How are you?

It is a blisteringly hot day here in France, and I’m bringing you my spotlight of The Dark Matter of Natasha by Matthew R. Davis, currently on #BlogTour with Dave and the team over at @The_WriteReads.

I have to admit that this is not the kind of book I usually pick up. I really like stories more on the dark side, but not so much psychological thrillers that I generally don’t get on well with. However, when I read the full blurb, I thought it sounded very interesting, so I’ll be looking forward to reading this short book in a few months!

Thank you as always to Dave for letting me be on this tour, and thank you so much to the author and publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Now without further ado, let’s get on with the spotlight!

SYNOPSIS

Natasha stalks the quiet streets of dead-end Lunar Bay like doom in a denim jacket. She’s a grim reminder that some teenagers can never escape the ever-tightening noose of their lives. Burned out and benumbed by a traumatic past, dogged by scurrilous small-town gossip, she finds solace in drugs, sex and Slayer. What horrors have her flat eyes witnessed? And how far will she go in pursuit of the one tiny spark of hope that still flickers in her haunted heart?

When a naïve transplant crosses her path, he’s drawn into shadow and doubt. With his girlfriend ghosting him, Natasha’s fresh introduction to her half-lit world is darkly appealing. Now faced with confusing quandaries—connection or convenience, relationship or exploitation—can he help any of the women in his life?  Or is he just helping himself? The untold tragedies of Natasha’s lonely life may be more than he can handle. And in a town whose history is littered with dead girls, there may be no happy ending for anyone.

A tar-black coming of age story, this gritty psychological thriller from Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author Matthew R. Davis, eloquently chronicles the crushing gravity of small-town hopelessness, the double-edged catharsis of sex, drugs, and heavy metal, and the brutal weight of youth’s first lessons in accountability.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – MATTHEW R. DAVIS

Matthew R. Davis is an author and musician based in Adelaide, South Australia.

His work has been shortlisted for, and sometimes won, the Shirley Jackson Awards, Aurealis Awards, Australian Shadows Awards, and the WSFA Small Press Award.

He plays bass and sings in heavy rock/metal bands such as icecocoon and Blood Red Renaissance, dabbles with poetry, video editing, and visual art, and works on projects with his photographer partner.

He is the author of Supermassive Black Mass (novelette, Demain Publishing, 2019), If Only Tonight We Could Sleep (horror stories, Things in the Well, 2020) and Midnight in the Chapel of Love (novel, JournalStone, 2021).He loves all kinds of metal from Mötley Crüe to Pig Destroyer and his favorite Slayer album is Seasons in the Abyss.

Matthew’s website

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed reading this post and will fancy giving this book a shot. I look forward to it myself!

See you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

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